One of the biggest surprises of E3 2009 was Valve’s announcement of Left 4 Dead 2 just several months after the release of the popular survival shooter. As a result, disgusted fans started to flood the internet with their protests and even created a Steam group to boycott the game – and the group now has over 17,000 members promising not to buy the game. So, as you can see, Left 4 Dead 2 wasn’t really accepted as a great sequel.
On the other hand, Valve kept defending their title and always claimed that Left 4 Dead 2 isn’t their answer to the million dollars questions “how to do some quick cash?” but a genuine, single product that couldn’t have been released as DLC.
Valve’s Chet Faliszek told Videogamer: “It was like, OK, this is big enough that this isn’t DLC, we’re not going to be able to leak it out. It’s a cohesive, single thing. It’s Left 4 Dead 2. Our focus is always on what we’re putting in the box, put as much as we can in the box. With the five campaigns, all of them out of the box, playable Versus, co-op, Survival and the new mode, there’s just a ton of content in there.”
Faliszek also said that Valve won’t stop working on and creating content for Left 4 Dead and updates are coming – which should calm down some fans who were disappointed, considering that Left 4 Dead 2 will be the company’s main focus now.